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Illini in the NFL - Week 6

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Mendenhall.jpgEach week the Illini in the NFL Update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous weekend. Rashard Mendenhall had his best game of the year thus far with a touchdown and over 100 yards rushing, Arrelious Benn turned in a career-long TD catch and Brandon Lloyd was traded to the St. Louis Rams. Read up on how the rest of the past Illini played and check out the links for video highlights.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Rushed for a season-high 146 yards, including an 8-yard TD run and a 68-yard scamper, in a 17-13 win over the Jaguars.

Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sprinted to the end zone on a career-long 65-yard TD reception and totaled three catches for 83 yards in a 26-20 win over the Saints.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, St. Louis Rams - Traded to the St. Louis Rams from the Denver Broncos.

Neil Rackers, PK, Houston Texans - Kicked a pair of extra points in a 29-14 loss to the Ravens.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Ran for 11 yards and caught a pass for five yards in a 26-20 loss to the Buccaneers.

David Diehl, OT, New York Giants - Started at right guard for the Giants, who racked up over 400 yards of total offense for the second game in a row, in a 27-24 win over the Bills.

Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Started at guard for the Jets, who rushed for over 100 yards, in a 24-6 win over the Dolphins.

Vontae Davis, CB, Miami Dolphins - Tied for second on the team with six solo tackles in a 24-6 loss to the Jets.

Kelvin Hayden, CB, Atlanta Falcons - Notched six tackles, including four solo stops, in a 31-17 win over the Panthers.

Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - Punted three times, averaging 53.7 yards, in a 27-24 win over the Bills.

Alan Ball, CB, Dallas Cowboys - Was in on one tackle in a 20-16 loss to the Patriots.

Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Was in on one tackle in a 20-16 loss to the Patriots.

Tony Pashos, OG, Cleveland Browns - Started at right tackle for the second time this season in a 24-17 loss to the Raiders.

Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams - Started for the first time this season in a 24-3 loss to the Packers, but did not record any statistics.

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, St. Louis Rams - Played in the 24-3 loss to the Packers, but did not record any statistics.

Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Played for the first time in two games in a 26-20 loss to the Buccaneers, but did not record any statistics.

Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Bye week.

Corey Liuget, DL, San Diego Chargers - Bye week.

Former Illini on Injured Reserve/Practice Squad
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Injured Reserve (torn Achilles)
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Injured Reserve (torn Achilles)
Nate Bussey, LB, New Orleans Saints - Practice Squad
J Leman, LB, Oakland Raiders - Practice Squad
Eddie McGee, WR, Oakland Raiders - Practice Squad

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